Paul continues his discussion of faith and community with a detour about our strength and God's strength. This is one of the most important passages in Paul's writing for a Christian understanding of power. When we focus on ourselves: our wisdom, our strength, our status, we forget about God. So God breaks into the world in a totally different way. Instead of being powerful and impressive, God became a poor teacher and died on a cross in shame. That seems like foolishness to people chasing after status and recognition. For those who know Jesus, we recognize a deeper truth: a God who loves us so much he puts everything else aside to save us.
If God acts like this, it suggests Christians shouldn't be so worried about worldly power, reputation or money. Instead we follow Jesus in humble service. I wonder what embracing the way of the cross would mean for Christians when it comes to politics? What if we tried to listen to our opponents instead of demeaning them? What if we worried less about our power and more about how to serve others?